After our Fairtrade-themed service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 8th March, we will be holding the first of our “Fairtrade and Fellowship” ‘warm welcome’ events. These will take place about four times throughout the year and will always co-ordinate with a Fairtrade stall. We invite those attending worship to stay in Church after our service on Sunday to enjoy Fairtrade tea / coffee / home baking and to engage in Fellowship with your Church family. Please also take the opportunity also to visit our Fairtrade stall.
On Sunday 10th March Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with a service dedicated to raising awareness of the need for ethical trade. We will be welcoming a visitor from Gavin’s Mill, who will share with us the ethos that sits behind the wide-ranging role that this Fairtrade shop / café plays within the Fairtrade community.
As well as our regular Fairtrade stall we will be offering Fairtrade teas / coffees and home-baking in Church after our service. The Fairtrade group looks forward to seeing you then.
On Tuesday 18th September the speaker at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church Men’s Group will be Joyce Bell from Alva.
Joyce is a nurse at Strathcarron Hospice and, over the years, she and her colleague Caroline have visited South Africa to work with a number of local groups on a variety of health issues, especially HIV and AIDS. They have been sponsored by their local Church of Scotland congregation in Alva and became involved in this project through their association with Graham & Sandra Duncan, who are also our Mission Partners.
Because of our continuing relationship with Sandra and Graham, and the support we give them through our Mission Circle, the Men’s Group has extended an invitation to everyone in the congregation to come along at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th and hear about the work that Joyce and Caroline have done in South Africa.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church were delighted to receive the following letter from the Food Bank team at Cornerstone House recently:
Thank you all once again for your partnership and fantastic Christmas donations of food, gifts and money in December and throughout 2017.
We received over 1700 referrals between our two Food Banks in 2017, and put out over 130 extraordinary food hampers, gifts and toys in the Christmas week alone.
It is a blessing to us all in seeing what can be achieved in our own communities when the people of God work together.
Thank you for all the effort everyone puts in to make this ministry work. We look forward to what the Lord is going to do in 2018.
God bless, Norma Cowan
April 2018 will mark the third anniversary of the opening of the Village Food Bank at the Parish Church and we are delighted have forged such close links with the Bethlehem House of Bread, which operates out of Cornerstone House. The Food Bank in the Village is open each Friday from 11am – 12.30pm.
This year, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be supporting Fairtrade Fortnight when we will be inviting people to ‘Come On In’ and see what Fairtrade is all about.
Put simply, Fairtrade is about ensuring producers and workers in the developing world get better prices and decent working conditions; it therefore supports local sustainability and fair terms of trade.
Cumbernauld Old has received a ‘thank-you’ note from Norma Cowan at Bethlehem House of Bread, our local food bank managed by our friends at Cornerstone House. The note reads:
“Thank you once again for your magnificent contribution to our food bank over the last year and for the wonderful Christmas gifts. In 2015 with your help, between both food banks we gave out over 1500 food parcels into the community and 2016 has exceeded this number. Your continuing support is indeed welcome, so thank you again. It is a blessing not only to those who serve but also to the many people and families who benefit especially at Christmas. God Bless and we wish you all a prosperous 2017.”
Many women have old handbags lurking at the back of their wardrobes, either used or waiting to be used ‘some day’. Cumbernauld Old might just have the solution.
Between now and 4th December we will be collecting for the Lanarkshire Baby Bank Christmas Handbag Appeal. We would invite you to join the Handbag Appeal by donating a handbag and fill it with some of these suggested items, things that we all take for granted but most of the mums this charity supports struggle to buy: toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, brush, comb, bobbles, lip gloss, nail polish, moisturiser, sanitary products, soap, hats, gloves, fluffy socks, razors, hand sanitiser, mouthwash, chocolate and sweets.
Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison will co-ordinate the donations and will be happy to receive handbags and any of the items on the list for this local charity. There will be a box in the church vestibule at the Village and in the Forge hall at Balloch for your donations of handbags, items on the wish list, or both. Thanks for your help. It will make a big difference.
You can find our more about the Lanarkshire Baby Bank on their Facebook page.
The following article was printed in our recent Church Magazine. We thought it worth sharing…
Having supported the Cornerstone food bank for some time with weekly food donations from our congregation, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church decided to offer additional help in the form of a satellite food bank in our area too. Thus with the support of our friends at Cornerstone, the Village food bank opened its doors in April 2015 at the Session House in the Village.
The Cumbernauld Village food bank is open in the church Session House on Friday mornings from 11 – 12.30 to provide not just food and toiletries but support and a welcome for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Advice can be given regarding courses on basic cooking and budgeting as well as providing information regarding other agencies who may be of help. An important function is to provide a relaxed friendly place where people can come to share and chat over a coffee and feel valued.